Why citation is important?
Use Boolean Logic Operators (AND, OR, NOT)
All databases rely on the use of Boolean logic operators, even Google.
You can use the words AND, OR, NOT to refine your search terms. (make sure you use capitol letters)
- OR - Retrieves records that contain all the search terms
- AND - Retrieves records that contain both search terms and therefore narrows the search. You can also use the + icon instead of AND eg cat AND dog will find sources that contain both the words cat and dog
- NOT - Eliminates records that contain a search term. eg cats NOT dogs will not show any sites that contain the word "dogs". You can use the - symbol instead of the word NOT
Image from Aberdeen Library website:
Other Search Operators
- To search for an exact word or phrase use quote marks "search". For example "human rights law"
- To search within a specified site or domain. For example, to find all mentions of "human rights" on the ABC website search: human rights site:abc.net.au.
- To find pages that link to a certain pages. For example find all govenment sites using "au"- search:
human rights link:gov.au.
|Use asterisk * to search both pural and single form of word||work* finds work, works|
|Use asterisk * to search using base or root of a word||
work* finds work, works, worker, workplace etc.
|Use question mark ? to substitute letter for multiple spellings||
organi?ation finds organization, organisation